Family of murdered 71-year-old in Surry County convinced he knew his killer

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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. – The family of a 71-year-old homicide victim in Surry County is convinced their loved one knew his killer.

Richard Clint Holmes was found dead inside his home on Haystack Road on Wednesday. The original call came in as a shooting, and deputies described Holmes as having suffered a traumatic head injury.

"Anybody who needed anything, he let them in there to stay with him, he hated seeing anybody cold," said Stephanie Holmes, of her father. "He just cared about everybody, it didn't matter what type of situation that person was in. He was always there."

Stephanie is just one of multiple family members left behind by Holmes.

"It doesn't feel real. It kind of feels like an out of body experience," said Stephanie, along with her step-sister, Danielle Lowe.

"We knew he wasn't going to live forever, but it shouldn't have happened the way it did," Holmes said.

For the third day in a row, Surry County deputies and the State Bureau of Investigation were collecting evidence at the scene. The area in which they searched had expanded outside of Holmes' property, to across the street and into a nearby creek.

Meanwhile, many family members and friends visited the scene; some to share information, others seeking it.

"Hopefully they won't do it again, won't have the chance to do it again," Holmes said, of the killer(s).

Deputies say they still have a lot of people to talk to. Holmes' family says there are simply too many people who loved him, and who want justice, for the case to go unsolved.

"Good always conquers evil," Holmes said. "They're going to get what's coming."

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